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NZTech Inform – NZ’s growing international reputation

Kia Ora Readers

Last week, I returned from an international business trip and can’t help but be reminded of the exciting growth and opportunities out there for our vibrant tech sector.  It’s encouraging to see how our collaborative work developing a strong cohesive set of messages about the New Zealand tech story is starting to make a difference.

Recent interest in New Zealand’s tech innovation includes visits from a range of countries to connect and learn more about our ecosystem and innovative Kiwi companies that are #goodfortheworld

For example, NZTech’s recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Korea Telecom is a great example of how relationships are formed at the industry and government level.  SK Telecom are members of a well-resourced, well-organised, major conglomerate. They have already engaged with close to two hundred tech ventures globally, so they are well positioned to ‘plug and play’ with New Zealand.  SK Telecom’s MoU has sparked significant interest from other large multinational corporations, as well as South Korea’s local and central Governments.

On our side, the challenge for NZTech and the Tech Alliance is to engage internationally in an organised and cohesive way.  This includes working with organisations like New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, KEA New Zealand and others who have wide reaching networks.  Another part of this challenge is how we enable our members to connect directly into these opportunities and engage their businesses to grow internationally, and how we do so in coordinated, rapidly scalable ways.

This is a new area of work that our board will discuss at next month’s annual strategy planning workshop, as a part of the bigger picture of what NZTech will be working on in the coming year.

Mitchell Pham

NZTech Board Chair

PS: On the local front, please take a moment to have your say on the improvements to the R&D Tax Incentive


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